The Las Vegas Wranglers® were defeated by the Alaska Aces Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena. Colin Long and Ryan Huddy tallied the two goals for the Wranglers. Curtis Fraser, Russ Sinkewich, and Wes Goldie tallied the three goals for Alaska. Aces’ goalie Gerald Coleman turned away 35 of the 37 shots he faced and improved his record to 27-14-1. Ouzas turned away 24 of the 27 shots he faced as he slides to 17-15-2. Las Vegas could not tally with their seven power play opportunities but the Wranglers were not penalized all game which gave Alaska no chances on the man-advantage. With the win Alaska continues on a three-game winning streak as they host Utah on Friday in Anchorage. The win bumps Alaska up to 42-21-3 as they hold the top spot in the Mountain division and Western conference with 87 total points. The loss sends the Wrangles on a six-game losing streak, the longest of the year. Las Vegas now holds a record of 35-25-5 with 75 total points as they head to Utah for tomorrow night’s game.
Colin Long tallied the first goal of the game at 3:34 of the first period with his thirteenth goal of the season assists going to Craig Switzer and Jerry Pollastrone. Alaska answered back at 15:15 of the first period with Curtis Fraser’s fourth goal of the season assisted by Bryan Miller and Gary Nunn. Alaska took the lead at 17:43 of the first period with Russ Sinkewich’s second goal of the season assisted by Dan Kissel. After two periods the Aces were on top 2-1 but had been outshot 13-7.
Wes Goldie tallied the lone goal of the second period and his fortieth of the season at 15:22 assisted by Curtis Fraser and Chad Anderson to make it 3-1 for the Aces.
Ryan Huddy made it 3-2 at 1:15 of the third period with his team leading twenty-sixth goal of the season assisted by Tyler Mosienko. The Wranglers had a power play late in the third period and they pulled Ouzas to skate 6-4, but unfortunately they could not tally and fell to the Aces by a final score of 3-2.
The Wranglers now head to Utah for a game tomorrow night and then head to Bakersfield for a two-game series this weekend.